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Upcoming Events at Jaffe & Neale Chipping Norton

24th June – 1st July 2017

Celebrate Independent Bookshop week

at Jaffe and Neale

To celebrate the 11th anniversary of Independent Bookshop Week (IBW), here at Jaffé & Neale we have some very special events planned. IBW is part of the Books Are My Bag campaign, which is dedicated to supporting Independent bookshops up and down the country. For more information on the upcoming events, ask us in store, email us at, or call us on 01608 641033.

10:30am Tuesday 27th June 2017
Tickets £14.99, on sale now.

Ticket price includes a copy of Pages For Her and coffee & cake

To celebrate the release of her novel, Pages For Her, Sylvia Brownrigg will be visiting the shop to discuss her work, answer any questions you might have, as well as doing a short reading from her newest book. Sylvia has authored six works of fiction, and has appeared in the New York Times Notable list, as well as the LA Times Best Books of the year. Her reviews have appeared in various publications, and she has taught at the American University in Paris.  

6pm Monday 26TH June 2017


Peter Malin will be here in the shop to celebrate the launch of his newest collection of short stories, Out of the Dark.
Peter will do a short talk about his work, accompanied by a reading from his newest book.
The event is not ticketed, so do feel free to come along. 


10:30 am Saturday 24th June 2017


Seb Holmes, professional London chef, will be here in the shop on Saturday the 24th June to sign copies of his newest book, Cook Thai. Seb’s restaurant Farang aims to feed Londoners modern Thai street food with a key focus on fusing seasonal ingredients with home-made Thai street food. Founder and head chef Seb Holmes fell in love with Thai food whilst working as the sous chef at the Begging Bowl in Peckham where the food is renowned for it’s sweet, salty, spicy and sour deliciousness.

The event is not ticketed; we look forward to seeing you.

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Book Launch with Jane Griffiths, 11th May at 6:30pm Chipping Norton

We are very pleased to announce that on Thursday 11th May, local poet Jane Griffiths will be launching her newest poetry collection, ‘Silent in Finisterre’ with a short reading here at Jaffe & Neale Chipping Norton.

Jane is best known for her Forward Prize shortlisted ‘Another Country: New and Selected Poems’, as well as her wonderful collection, ‘Terrestrial Variations’. Jane was also recently selected as a guest poet to take part in the Shore to Shore poetry event alongside Carol Ann Duffy, Jackie Kay, Imtiaz Dharker, and Gillian Clarke.

Doors will open for the evening at 6:30pm for a 7pm start. The event will not be ticketed, so feel free to attend. For more information, you can call us at the shop on 01608 641033, or email us at

As always, we look forward to seeing you there.

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Jaffé & Neale Bookshop & Café celebrate their 15th Anniversary! October 2016

Patrick Neale and Polly Jaffé met in the travel section of Waterstones Bristol, not as romantic as it sounds as they both were Waterstones employees at the time. Neither of them guessed that their meeting in 1992 would lead to an award winning Independent Bookshop in Chipping Norton, now celebrating its 15th anniversary and their three strapping sons.

Polly, Patrick and sons moved to Chipping Norton in September 2001 taking on the long established and much respected Bookshop Chipping Norton from Elizabeth Sleight. After 5 enjoyable years they moved the shop to it’s current ocation in the middle of the Market square. It was here that they developed their dream bookshop; opening it with a café serving Aga baked cakes by their friend Ceci Magee. It’s a source of joy and frustration that the cakes arouse greater social media celebration than the book reviews. The Bookshop developed a strong events program that, over the years, has seen Michael Palin, Ian Rankin, Jeannette Winterson, Jeremy Clarkson and many more wonderful Authors cross the threshold at the Bookshop. More recently they have enjoyed a brilliant partnership with Chipping Norton Literary Festival helping the town come alive with Literary and celebrity goings on each April.

Patrick’s BA Presidency and Polly’s Chairing of the Children’s Bookgroup and time served on the World Book Day Executive, along with her eye for useful and beautiful non book items, mean that they have been happy to broaden the appeal of the Bookshop selling numerous useful and beautiful gift items, including reading glasses, Lamy pens, candles and even slippers (to embody this year’s delight in the Hygge lifestyle phenomenon). They’ve been keen to lead the field in setting the standard for the Bookshop of the future, maintaining that it’s the books that are always Jaffé & Neale’s first passion.
Patrick and Polly have developed a dedicated and thoughtful team who are delighted to recommend their favourite reads while serving a delicious cappuccino or flat white.

In a world of high street homogeneity, lacklustre customer service and internet drudgery Patrick and Polly have devoted their time to build an Independent Bookshop and café that celebrates the individual and applauds the stylish and quirky. Be it the book recommendation, the cake or the gift they aim for it to be of quality while carefully and lovingly prepared.
img_0194With this in mind Jaffé & Neale are delighted to celebrate their 15th anniversary on 8th October 2016. They intend to celebrate throughout the autumn championing many of the great books being published. Also as a gift to themselves and as an indication of their confidence in the health of the physical book trade they are opening a second Bookshop & café, in Stow on the Wold, this autumn. More to follow about that.
Championing books that may not be on the bestseller lists and marrying modern technology with good old fashioned face to face conversation, they aim to make the time spent at Jaffé & Neale time enjoyed and well spent. The goal is to cement a healthy future for real books in a high street environment for many years to come.
Happy Birthday Jaffé & Neale.

[tweetthis]It’s party time! @Jaffeandneale 15 yrs old on 8th October. #booksaremybag #chippingnorton #birthday.[/tweetthis]

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Late Night Shopping at Jaffe and Neale: Friday 4th December, 5:30 – 8pm

The holiday season is upon us once more, and we here at Jaffe and Neale are proud to announce that our annual late night shopping will take place on Friday the 4th of December; rather than closing at 5:30, we’ll be keeping our doors open until 8pm.


So join us in the shop for book recommendations, ideas for Christmas gifts, coffee, tea, and of course, a very special visit from Oxfordshire’s most festive pony.

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Autumn Events: David Millar & Alexander McCall Smith

Which do you prefer: the life and times of a professional cyclist, or the exploits of the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency? Thankfully, we’re hosting experts in both of those fields, so you don’t have to decide.racer

David Millar, first Briton to wear the leader’s jerseys in the Tour de France and author of bestselling book Racing Through the Dark, will be speaking about his newest title; The Racer: Life on the Road as a Pro Cyclist. The talk will take place at 2pm on Saturday 3rd October, at Cotswold Cycles in Morton-in-Marsh. Tickets are £5, and are redeemable against a copy of The Racer.


Alexander McCall Smith is Emeritus professor of law at the University of Edinburgh, he has published over fifty books and helped to set up the law school at the University of Botswana. The author will be speaking at the Methodist Church in Chipping Norton on 9th October to discuss his bestselling series and its influences. Tickets are £8.00 and give you £5.00 off any of his books until the date of the event.


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Amanda Brooks is Bringing Glamour to Chippy

Amanda Brooks will be here signing copies of her acclaimed new book – Always Pack a Party Dress – and talking about her long and varied career. Ranging from a ‘gallerina’ at the Gagosian Gallery to a photo assistant for Patrick Demarchelier, Amanda has since stamped her distinctive personal style across the world as a leading fashion designer, and a warm, witty writer to boot. always pack a party dress Pop over from 10:30 on Saturday the 11th of July, no ticket needed. Perfect for those passionate about fashion, or just looking to be inspired.

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What A Weekend- Chipping Norton Literary Festival 2015

From Left to Right: A F Harold, Steven Butler, Dave Shelton, Elen Caldecott, Adam Stower, Gill Lewis

What a fantastic festival! The much anticipated Chipping Norton Literary Festival exceeded all expectation and was another incredible occasion for the town and beyond.

Thursday saw a steady flow of creativity and awe-inspiring talent stream through the shop as a rich variety of authors joined us here in the shop and across Chipping Norton. We saw an enthusiastic group of children’s authors coming together for the Festival’s school’s day. I’m undecided as to the what the collective noun for authors should be but when you see children’s authors, like those who joined us, its hard to think of anything strictly formal like an index or a chapter of authors. When you meet such imaginative, engaging and enthusiastic authors you know as a bookseller that your job has just become that much easier; their passion for books, not just their own work, and their eloquent way with words has most definitely sold us on every single book! Schools across the county were joined by Stewart Ross, Adam Stower, Dave Shelton, Gill Lewis, Elen Caldecott, Steven Butler, A F Harold and John Dougherty.

Mark Billingham and Lee Child

After a flying start,  Friday, Saturday and Sunday saw an astonishing array of exceptional events ranging from Lee Child in the Theatre as well as Richard and Judy later in the day, Shelia Hancock and Baroness Trumpington, Matt Haig in the Town Hall and debut novelists Renee Knight, Jason Hewitt and Paula Hawkins, and storytelling with Petr Horacek in the Library. The town was buzzing with literary excitement and here in the shop we were truly privileged to host the Green Room. If you missed out this year on all that the Festival had to offer then make sure you follow us throughout the year and join us next year. Here are some of our favourite moments from the weekend.

Matt Haig enjoying the joys of the bookshop
Our beautiful window by Petr Horacek
Storytelling in the Library with Petr Horacek
The incredible Lee Child with the lovely Polly Jaffé


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Join Us For Late Night Shopping and Carols With Andrew Gant

Andrew Gant

What better way to get into the Christmas spirit than late night shopping at our bookshop. Smells of mulled wine and a celebration of carols with Andrew Gant this is an evening to relax and pick up those perfect Christmas gifts. Take a look at our Books of the Year or ask us for a recommendation but whatever you are searching for this holiday, be it for a loved one or a warming read for oneself, its here waiting for you.

Join us on Thursday 4th December from 5.30-8pm in the shop, joined by Andrew Gant and carols at 6pm.

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David Mitchell THE COMEDIAN

David Mitchell comedianWe have already had one David Mitchell here this year and now we are having the other! David Mitchell, the incredibly talented comedian, is joining us for a talk and lunch in the shop on Thursday 13th November at 12.30pm (the doors will open at 12.15pm). We will be celebrating the publications of Mitchell’s new book ‘Thinking About It Only Makes It Worse: and Other Lessons From Modern Life.’

Tickets are £25 which includes a copy of David Mitchell’s new book and a delicious lunch, made by the amazing Ceci Magee. Buy your tickets in the shop or over the phone.

Don’t miss out. We look forward to seeing you there.

Thinking About It Only Makes It Worse: and Other Lessons From Modern Life by David Mitchell. £18.99 (ISBN: 9781783350568) NYP 6/11/2014

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Cake and books

Jaffe & Neale coffeeWe’re delighted to announce that we are one of three finalists in the Local Tea/Coffee Shop category of the Cotswold Life Food and Drink Awards 2014. The awards are organised by Cotswold Life magazine, and showcase the best food and drink producers and suppliers in the region.

If you haven’t visited us before, you might be surprised to find us nominated at all. After all, we’re a bookshop, not a café, right? But independent book shops exist to offer a far more rounded experience for readers than you might get in a big chain store, or online. Pop into an indie book shop and you’ll find personalised advice on what to read next; showcased books about areas of local interest; a cosy children’s corner with pint-sized chairs for young readers. Your visit should be relaxing, unhurried, and above all – enjoyable. What better way to do that than with coffee and cake?

When we moved from our smaller premises in West Street, we were finally able to open the Jaffé & Neale café that had always been part of our plan. Good quality ground coffee, great tea, and fat slices of delicious cake made in Chadlington by the amazing Ceci. Whether you’re a brownie buff or a flapjack fan, we guarantee there will be something on our counter to whet your appetite.

The Oxford Mail popped in recently to test out our tea and cakes, and we were thrilled with their review, which concluded our bookshop and café was ‘a gem’. “Polly Jaffé and Patrick Neale have positioned their business in the heart of the community,” the review reads, “and are cannily reminding us that teatime can be most enjoyable with a good book.

Is there any better combination?